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Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.

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Mark Teixeira sidelined by wrist discomfort
by R.J. White |

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup Tuesday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The wrist may be contributing to the first baseman's continued struggles at the plate, as he has hit just .178/.288/.289 with one home run in 45 at-bats in September. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's up to Teixeira to tell the team when he's ready to resume action, reports.

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Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to make return Sunday
by Chris Towers |

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday against the Blue Jays, manager Joe Girardi told reporters Tuesday.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, saw game action for the first time since July 8 Monday. Assuming he avoids any issues or setbacks in the intervening time, Tanaka is set to have a 70-to 75-pitch limit for the start.  

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Joey Votto to take batting practice Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Reds first baseman Joey Votto will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a strained left quad in early July, manager Bryan Price told reporters.

Votto swung at soft toss in the batting cage Monday, and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery. He still hopes to return to action before the end of the season. 

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Anibal Sanchez preps for one more 'pen session
by Chris Towers |

Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez tossed a bullpen session without issue Tuesday, but is not yet ready to return from a pectoral injury.

Despite an earlier report that Sanchez could return after a successful bullpen session, he told reporters Tuesday he will need at least two more side sessions. Sanchez is set to throw one more longer bullpen session before facing hitters in a simulated game, according to

Whether Sanchez will return as a starter or reliever has yet to be determined, though Sanchez is currently preparing to return to the rotation. 

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Zach Walters, Ryan Raburn held out Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Indians infielder Zach Walters (intercostal) and outfielder Ryan Raburn (knee) are both out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros as a result of their injuries. Both players are day to day as a result of injuries suffered over the last two days. 

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Oswaldo Arcia sidelined by back injury Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is out of the lineup Tuesday, after leaving the team's game the previous night with a back injury. He is day to day moving forward, at this point. 

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Alex Avila out again, as expected, Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday, as expected, as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Avila was removed from Sunday's game with lightheadedness, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday he thinks Avila might have to miss a week or more. 

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Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Rays infielder Nick Franklin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday game against the Yankees, as he gets set to make his team debut.

Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade. 

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Nolan Arenado unable to play Tuesday
by Chris Towers |

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is still out of the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, as he recovers from a rib injury. He left Sunday's game with the injury and went for an MRI Monday, the results of which are still being awaited.  

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